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Wed
15
Jul

Valuation changes draw 72 protests

A total of 72 Hamilton County residents protested their property valuation statements this year, though the county assessor said the review process completed last week went well, despite challenges created by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Pat Sandberg predicted in May that there would likely be protests filed when property owners learned that all dwellings and structures in Aurora had been increased in value by 8 percent. That change, ordered by the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission, was prompted by an Aurora real estate market which Sandberg earlier described as “a prairie fire.”

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Tue
14
Jul

Hampton seniors to be honored with belated graduation Saturday

Hampton Class of 2020 seniors will put on their cap and gown for a second time Saturday, honorees at a graduation ceremony open to the community.
Hawk seniors were honored May 9 in a more abbreviated ceremony limited to immediate family members. With COVID restrictions now more relaxed, Supt. Holly Herzberg said the time is right for a larger celebration.
“This is a unique time in history and I am very proud of how the Class of 2020 has handled all the uncertainties and disappointments during the last three months,” she said. “I look forward to properly honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of this group of students.”
Saturday’s ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

Tue
14
Jul

Three new houses boost June building permits

Three new single-family dwellings and a house addition were the driving force in a surge of building permits which boosted the June total to well over $700,000. Details on this week's ANR business page.

 

Tue
14
Jul

Out with the old ...

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“Take out order” took on a whole different meaning Friday at the Runza restaurant in Aurora. Construction crews were busy taking out the ceiling, walls and anything that once stood vertical, clearing the site as the first step in a project that will end with a newly built restaurant. The tentative plan is for the new restaurant to open in November, with core staff members working at the two Runza’s in York for the next few months.

Tue
14
Jul

Many local businesses receive SBA loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released detailed loan-level data last week regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program covering each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made.
“The PPP is providing much-needed relief to millions of American small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs and over 80 percent of all small business employees, who are the drivers of economic growth in our country,” said Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “We are particularly pleased that 27 percent of the program’s reach in low and moderate income communities which is in proportion to percentage of population in these areas. The average loan size is approximately $100,000, demonstrating that the program is serving the smallest of businesses,” he continued.

Tue
14
Jul

Something to celebrate at MCC

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Staff and residents at Memorial Community Care in Aurora celebrated the anticipated opening of the long-term care facility to visitors Monday with a good old-fashioned water fight. Pictured above, Bud Pence gets doused by MCC activities director Jessie Morales.

Mon
13
Jul

Bands on the Bricks III

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Aurora’s popular summertime series, Bands on the Bricks, was back in action on the downtown square Friday with a return performance by Mike Semrad and the Riverhawks. More details in this week's ANR.

Fri
10
Jul

Citywide garage sale

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Friday was Day 1 of a two-day citywide garage sale in Aurora, an event coordinated by Jill Held and Angie Vetter. Fifty-six participants are spread all over town, offering deals both Friday and Saturday. Maps listing addresses and hours are available at the Aurora News-Register office, 1320 K St.,

Wed
08
Jul

Aurora pool to open Saturday

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The Aurora Aquatic Center will welcome swimmers seeking summer fun and heat relief as of Saturday, though pool managers say 2020 will be anything but a normal swim season.
“The pool is a great place for kids, but I don’t think kids quite understand everything, especially the younger ones,” said Eli Cerveny, who is back for another year as co-manager with Madison Farris. “We just want to stay safe.”
The Streeter Park pool, as well as many others across the state, remained closed through the months of May and June due to the ongoing threat and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Aurora City Council announced plans June 23 to open the pool July 11 for a shortened season, with closing day tentatively set for Aug. 12. See ANR for detailed report.

Wed
08
Jul

Passion for flowers blooms at home of Hampton resident

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Hampton resident Pollie Hahn has filled her backyard with a variety of blooms, like many spending time in her garden as an oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Though she wasn’t a life-long gardener, 90-year-old Hahn became interested in the hobby after joining her daughter-in-law on garden walks throughout Omaha.
Hahn shares her passion for flowers, and gardening, as the featured subject of this week’s Prime Time section beginning on Page C1.

 

 

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